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July 07, 2017

Colonial Theatre's Blobfest celebrates the B-list movie monster

Spend the weekend in Phoenixville watching 'The Blob' and other horror classics

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Each July, cult movie fans flock to Phoenixville’s historic Colonial Theatre, where many scenes from the 1958 movie "The Blob" were filmed.

It's absurd. It's campy. It's oh-so-fun to watch. "The Blob" has captivated audiences since it was first released in theaters in 1958.

In the film, teenagers Steve (Steve McQueen) and Jane (Aneta Corseaut) try to protect their hometown from an alien life-form that consumes everything it touches.

In celebration of the classic sci-fi horror film, Phoenixville hosts Blobfest annually. This year's weekend-long event will begin on Friday, July 14.

There will be three screenings of "The Blob," screenings of other classic horror films, the reenactment of a scene from "The Blob," costume contests and a street fair.

Below is the schedule of events. Tickets are required for most Blobfest activities.

Friday, July 14

The Run Out

In the late '50s, a big scene in "The Blob" was filmed at Phoenixville's Colonial Theatre. Each year, to kick off Blobfest, fans reenact the moviegoers screaming and running from the building.

Before the run out, which takes place at approximately 9 p.m., there will be special guests and performances to entertain participants.

Only 350 tickets total are available and the event tends to sell out quickly.

Saturday, July 15

The Street Fair

The next day, after everyone runs for their lives, there will be a street fair outside of the Colonial Theatre. Attendees can listen to live music, watch a parade, participate in a costume contest or just eat, drink and hang out.

The street fair begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.

"The Blob" and "It Came from Outer Space"

The double feature will be shown twice. There will be a noon and 3:45 p.m. screening.

In "It Came from Outer Space," a spaceship from another world crashes in the Arizona desert, but when the local townsfolk begin acting strangely it's only an amateur stargazer and a schoolteacher who suspect alien influence.

Tickets for the double feature are $12. Students, military, seniors, children and members receive discounts.

"The Blob" and "The House on Haunted Hill"

In "The House on Haunted Hill,"  a millionaire has a proposal for five guests at a possibly haunted mansion: Show up, survive a night filled with scares and receive $10,000 each.

The double feature begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults. Students, military, seniors, children and members receive discounts.

"House of Wax"

A screening of "House of Wax" is also included in Saturday double feature ticket fees. There will be screenings at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In the horror flick, a talented sculptor and his business partner own a wax museum together. When the business partner burns down the museum to collect the insurance policy, the sculptor is thought to have died inside. He ends up surviving but turns vengeful and murderous.

Sunday, July 16

"The Blob" and "The Lost Skeleton Returns Again"

A double feature with bonus activities will close out Blobfest. "The Blob" will be screened at 2 p.m. and after there will be live music from Michale Graves. 

The next movie, "The Lost Skeleton Returns Again," will begin at 4 p.m. At the end, there will be a Q&A with producer Mark Allen Stuart.

"The Lost Skeleton Returns Again" was made much more recently than any of the other films being screened over the weekend. The 2009 jungle-adventure flick is about a priceless mineral buried in the Amazon that everyone wants to get their hands on.

Blobfest 2017

Friday, July 14 though Sunday, July 16
$8-$12 per movie ticket
The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA